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Sonoma County Creates a Sanctuary for Fire Bugs

The last thing the Golden State needs

Northern California has just suffered another major disaster, wildfires that swept through Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake, Butte, and several other Northern California counties earlier this month. Those fires left 42 dead, and thousands of structures in ashes. Incredibly, however, in the midst of this inferno, Sonoma County (wherein 23 died) released an alien charged with "maliciously setting fire to a property", instead of handing him over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Trump Travel Proclamation Enjoined

Judge Watson strikes again

On September 24, 2017, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation captioned "Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats" (EO-3). In EO-3, the administration established new travel restrictions, which followed up on two separate executive orders, both captioned "Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States" (EO-1 and EO-2), which were issued in January and March 2017, respectively.

Takeaways from 2017 H-2B Data

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released new information last week on worker visa programs that included final disclosure data for the 2017 fiscal year that ended on September 30. The disclosure data is useful for extrapolating developments in the program's use.

The End of the Beginning of Trump Travel Order Litigation?

SCOTUS gets it right, Judge Watson gets it wrong

In a summary disposition issued by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, the Court vacated the decision of the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Trump vs. International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), and remanded the case to the Four Circuit "with instructions to dismiss as moot the challenge to Executive Order 13,780 [EO-2]." Although the Court stated, "We express no view on the merits," it spoke volumes on the Fourth Circuit's decision, as explained below.
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